Powerball Prize Grows to $750 Million

No one won last night's jackpot, so the prize grows even larger.

Posted: Oct. 25, 2018 4:25 AM
Updated: Oct. 25, 2018 4:08 PM

Chico, Calif. - No one won Wednesday night's $620 million Powerball prize, so the jackpot for Saturday is now $750 million.

There are a lot of people out there with their fingers crossed - about two-thirds of Americans gamble.

According to Gallup research, last year, we spent about $73 billion on lottery tickets.

The odds of winning a jackpot are actually better for Powerball than Mega Millions: 1 in 292 million.

Only three lottery jackpots have been larger than this Powerball.

Between this Powerball and this week's Mega-Millions payout, lately, the question, "what would you do if you won" is something a lot of us are asking ourselves.

"When people see this big money they like to play big... I'd like to help the community first if I hit the lottery, I'd like to help people who need help. I'd like to donate half the money. Probably," said Keshav Pabbi, owner of Star Liquors who has seen a surge in business thanks to lottery ticket sales the past couple of weeks.

Pabbi says he put a little cash toward the Powerball, but some of his customers put down thousands.

The game's last jackpot hit was August in New York.

Since then in 20 drawings, 35 tickets have won at least $1 million by matching all five white balls, even though they didn't match the red Powerball.

The last time a Californian won the Powerball was January 2016, with a nearly $1.6 billion prize.

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